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Earth Observation Satellite

HIMAWARI

Name Date of launch Major objectives Remarks
HIMAWARI (GMS) July 1977 Geostationary meteorological satellite Japan's first weather satellite
HIMAWARI-2 (GMS-2) August 1981 Geostationary meteorological satellite  
HIMAWARI-3 (GMS-3) August 1984 Geostationary meteorological satellite  
HIMAWARI-4 (GMS-4) September 1989 Geostationary meteorological satellite  
HIMAWARI-5 (GMS-5) March 1995 Geostationary meteorological satellite  

MOMO

Name Date of launch Major objectives Remarks
MOMO-1 (MOS-1) February 1987 Japan's first Earth observation satellite for marine phenomena, designed to facilitate effective use of global resources and conserve the environment Japan's first fully-fledged Earth observation satellite equipped with three types of sensor including the multispectral electronic self-scanning radiometer (MESSR)
MOMO-1b (MOS-1b) February 1990 Earth observation satellite for marine phenomena, designed to facilitate effective use of global resources and conserve the environment  

DAICHI

Name Date of launch Major objectives Remarks
DAICHI (ALOS) January 2006 Land observation satellite for collecting topographic data The world's first satellite equipped with two different types of sensing instruments, an optical sensor and a radar that allow observation of the same location at the same time

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